DM: PARTICIPATION OF AZERBAIJANI ARMED FORCES IN ANY TRAINING IN THE TERRITORY OF ARMENIA IS IMPOSSIBLE
Author: E. Javadova

TREND Information, Azerbaijan
March 14 2006

Participation of Azerbaijani Armed Forces in any training in the
territory of Armenia is impossible, Azerbaijan Ministry of Defense
assistant of the press service Ilgar Verdiyev told Trend.

Military training within the frames of NATO's Partnership for Peace
program will be held in May, Armenian agency Panarmenia told,
in reference to the Armenian deputy minister of defense, Artur
Agabekyan. Agabekyan stated that the Azerbaijan Armed Forces might
participate in the training among 20 other countries.

He said that Armenian government is ready to accept those
representatives of Azerbaijan Armed Forces who would wish to
participate at the NATO training.

The Azerbaijan Ministry of Defense regards visit of Azerbaijan Armed
forces representatives to Armenia as impossible. Verdiyev stated that
Armenia is only formally participating in the NATO training under
Partnership for Peace. "In the course of year Armenia hosts only 1
exercise of this program, which is completely of formal character.

Armenia is an occupant country and by participating in this program
it wants to show itself as a peaceful state," he said.

Even if Azerbaijan Ministry of Defense will receive any official
invitation to participate in training in the territory of that country
it will be declined, he concluded.